Cape Town – Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff teased the idea of Mick Schumacher joining the Mercedes stable in the future.
The young German driver, who is the son of seven-time World Champion Michael, won the European F3 title in 2018.
He will make the move up to Formula 2 with the PREMA team, who are traditionally associated with Ferrari.
However, Schumacher is not tied to any of the F1 giants in a junior role, and Wolff has said that the Mercedes stable will be keeping their eye on him.
“He’s won the Formula 3 championship this year with Mercedes engines, which is great, but he’s not part of the Mercedes-Benz junior programme,” Wolff admitted.
“The most important (thing) is to give him time. He has this incredible legacy of having a father who was the most successful racing driver of all-time.
“He’s won F3, ticked the box, now he’s going into F2, which should be very difficult again against many experienced drivers.
“I have no doubt he has the potential to be a successful driver in Formula 1. Maybe one day with us, maybe not.”
Mercedes’ young driver programme has been talked about, with Esteban Ocon failing to get a seat on the F1 grid in 2019.
Pascal Wehrlein also opted to leave the programme, but Wolff believes the system remains as important as ever.
“Michael Schumacher started as a Mercedes young driver in sportscars and became the best of all-time,” the Silver Arrows’ team boss added.
“In the same way, today, we’re looking at very young drivers like we did in the past, with Pascal Werhlein, Esteban Ocon and George Russell and we hope to see these kids graduate successfully into Formula 1 and make their own career, and hopefully one day stay in a Mercedes.
“I personally think about the enjoyment about them coming together and coaching them and mentoring them with our group.
“I think it’s very important for Mercedes to play a role in the young driver programme.”